May 29 — June 28, 1997

Louise Levergneux

Reference : (19)54-(19)72


« In her highly imaginative Reference, Lavergneux combines a childhood game with family portraits. The merging of play and personal history makes for a reflective work. It is both fun and sombre at once. On the gallery floor a gigantic game of Snakes and Ladders – about 16 square metres – holds an array of family portraits, all affixed to wooden cut-outs. The photographs (coloured photocopies) are about the size of an average doll. They become pieces in a game that can both be frustrating and thrilling.


Visually this work is unlike anything we’ve seen before. Striking, playful and painstaking, it has a certain pop flavour to it. Richly coloured and detailed, it reveals the artist’s commitment to the creation of rarified objects; to the elevation of rarified memory. This work is refined in craft, focused in its intent and charged with emotional honesty.


In a social environment that demands homogeneous feeling, desire and history, artists are attempting to elevate their own histories. In so doing they reflect conditions and realities that we can all relate to. Levergneux work has certainly succeeded in this way. »

Excerpts from article by Rob O’Flanagan, Sudbury Star, June 7, 1997

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